Tibet’s fantastic roads are waiting to be discovered and what better way to enjoy them than cycling. Moreover, cycling is a great activity to keep the body fit and it improves the blood circulation significantly. The hill range of Nyenchen Tangula provides the water supply to Namtso and the snowfall touches in a spectacular way. The lake supports various life types and lavish lawn always encompasses the surrounding land. This is the ideal environment for unusual wildlife creatures and Namtso is amazing in many ways.
Why Cycling to Lake Namtso from Lhasa?
The best aspect about experiencing Tibet is getting the most out of rapid but sweet cycle tours. A visitor can trip to any location from Lhasa, but going to Namtso Lake on a cycle has its own appeal. The grasslands are colorfully marked with wonderful lambs and the popular yaks. The Shepherd ideologies are traditional in nature, but they also look great under the wintry hill.
The sky-railway just goes beside the way and Namtso looks fabulous under sunlight. For travelling, the Tibet train must be selected for the splendid scenery. Fortunate visitors can often see pilgrims performing their prostration along the way. Besides, all visitor visiting Tibet will firstly stay in Lhasa(3658m) for a couple of days to acclimatize to the altitude and later head to Namtso Lake(4717m)
Travel Documents in Tibet Tour
For foreign visitors, Tibet Travel Permit is a must and we can help you get that successfully. China Visa is also essential, because if you plan to enter Tibet from other Chinese gateway cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xining and Xi’an, etc. Our travel consultants will help you take care of everything and then create your trip experience better. As you get prepared for the trip, you’d better get started preparing your travel documents as early as possible (around 30 days before).
Apart from the Tibet permit, Aliens’ travel permit is also required for going to some banned places like EBC. If you will travel from Nepal to Tibet, you need to get “Group Tourist Visa” and “Tibet Travel Permit”.
Best Time to Do the Trip and Packing List
Cycling trips can only participate in if the ideal time is chosen for it. We can suggest the best a chance to you and we mainly opt for the month of April, to begin with this trip and the beneficial period carries on until Oct. As the winter appears, the landscape becomes challenging and visitors can face a lot of complications. If the routes are enclosed by snowfall, cycling becomes almost impossible. During winter seasons, cycling can prove to be a dangerous activity.
The packaging should be absolutely ideal and no adjustments should become in this aspect. The bike is to visitors by the tour operator, but expert bikers can take their own. Apart from this an elevation watch, extra battery, and compass are also needed. If you intend to stay in a particular place at night, carry a tent, comfortable sleeping bag, and bedding.
As far as clothing is concerned, cushioned overcoats, rain gear, and eyewear is must. Select the right tracks and always carry useful medicines to protect your body. Keep your valuable things in a safe stuck bag and perform the trip in the presence of an expert. The trip agent can help you a lot on this trip and the permits and other passes are managed. Get accommodations options are also listed in the itinerary and the housing class needs to be selected by you. We also take significant actions to avoid vacationer accident and provide victim insurance to them.
Popular Features of Day to Day Cycling from Lhasa to Namtso Lake
While the trip is normally only for six days, there are many things that can be seen in that period. Lhasa is not just the capital of Tibet, it is also an area with many monasteries and temples, with Lakes and hills close by. When you get to Lhasa by train on the first day, our Tibetan guide will meet you at the place and carry you to the downtown Lhasa, a short 30km trip. On the way, you will be able to see the Yarlung Tsampo River, the lengthiest river in Tibet.
Day1- 2: Lhasa Tour – Potala Place, Johkang Temple, Barkor Street
Once in Lhasa, you will have the day to help get acclimatized to the increased altitude, to avoid altitude illness, and you will be able simply to move around inside the town easily and visit some of the attractions and colours, and get your first experience with Tibetan culture. Day two of your trip will be spent in Lhasa, where you will be taken to go to religious attractions of Jokhang Temple, a 7th Millennium Buddhist temple, and the Potala Palace, Barkhor Street. Potala Palace was the winter palace of the Dalai Lama and homes the funeral stupas of the former Dalai Lamas.
Day 3: Lhasa Tour – Drepung and Sera Monastery
Around Jokhang Temple operates the most popular of Tibetan roads, Barkhor Street. Not only is this a place of market booths and excellent presents, it is also the path of the kora, or sacred travel, around the Temple itself. Buddhist pilgrims who trip to spiritual sites such as this will move the kora around the sacred site, whether it is a temple, lake or sacred hill. This is done as an aspect of the habit of prayer, and the path must always be stepped clockwise.
Your third day in Tibet will be spent going to Drepung Monastery, one of the Three Great Monasteries of the Gelug Sect that schedule from the Fifteenth millennium and was the former palace of the Dalai Lama before moving to Potala Palace. The second half of the day will be spent at Sera Monastery, another of the Three Great Monasteries, which began in 1419 by one of Tsongkhapa’s followers, Jamchen Chojey. Days are the best a chance to visit Sera, as this is time when the priests come out to the landscapes and you can experience their popular “debates”, with all the luxurious gesticulation and philosophical justifications.
Day 4: Bike from Lhasa to Damxung (155km)
The 4th day is the real beginning of your cycling trip, and you’ll cycle about 155km to Damxung along Qinghai-Tibet highway, the road is pretty good and smooth. You can first ride to Yangpachen to have a little rest. After lunch, you will move on to the famous Damxung, surrounded by fleecy clouds and blue clear sky. On the way, you will be accompanied by the clear blue sky with the beautiful views of the high mountains having the snow decorating their peaks. You will also witness a lot of greenery on both sides of the roads. Also Tibetan natural life may occur in some places like the yaks grazing and the mountain sheep.
Day 5: Bike from Damxung to Namtso (75km)
On the fifth day, after staying overnight in Damxung, you will bike to Namtso straight. On the way, you will get the spectacular view of Mount Neyenchen Tanglha. The snow-capped mountain, immersed in fog will be much remarkable. You have to ascend the toughest Nagenla Pass, which is about 5,190m high. However the journey will be made easy by the enchanting views that you will get on your way. Except for the clear blue sky, and the snow-capped surrounding mountains, you will also witness the vast stretches of green meadows and the colourful shepherds’ tents on them. Also you will get to see the Tibetan yaks grazing and the nomads doing their daily chores. After that you will finally reach the famous Namtso lake. Try to capture the moments of sunrise and sunset against the backdrop of the lake.
Day 6: Bike from Namtso to Yangpachen (123km)
While enjoying the clear morning at the lake shore, you can trek along the lake shore to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves. Then ride to Yangpachen to enjoy the hotspring. The road condition is the same as the day before.
Day 7: Bike from Yangpachen to Lhasa (75km)
Today you’ll ride back to Lhasa from Yangpachen. The road condition is the same as the day before. Here you can take your time and enjoy some of the awesome landscapes as you drive along. The path follows the Lhasa River, as it moves down towards the town, and goes through apparently limitless grasslands as it gusts of wind its way between the substantial hills.
Day 8: Departure from Lhasa
The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.
Cost of Cycling Tour
The private personalized Tibet trips are ideal for families, little groups and personal visitors who desire a more thorough and romantic guide to Tibet. Price differs with size, season, and resort rate etc. Please complete the form so that the tour operator can begin helping you intend a trip.
Why is Cycling Tour Even Costlier than Normal Package Tour?
Also the cycling tours are more expensive than the road trips owing to the fact that you always have to carry extra vehicle, pumping machines and along with it, extra porters for carrying your luggage, camping materials, ingredients for food private chefs and others.